Shellback (record producer)

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Schuster in 2011.
Background information
Birth name Karl Johan Schuster
Born (1985-02-01) 1 February 1985 (age 30)
Origin Karlshamn, Sweden
Genres Pop, electropop, dance-pop, pop rock
Occupation(s) Songwriter, record producer, musician
Instruments Guitar, drums, bass, keyboards, vocals
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts Max Martin, Benny Blanco, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Usher, Pink, Lily Allen,Adam Lambert, Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne

Johan Schuster (Swedish: [ˈjuːˈan ˈɧʏstɛr]; born Karl Johan Schuster February 1, 1985), known professionally as Shellback,[1] is a Swedish songwriter, record producer and musician. Shellback was listed as the No. 1 producer of 2012 on Billboard magazine's year end chart, and he also topped the list of their "Top 10 Songwriters Airplay Chart" the same year. He regularly collaborates with songwriter Max Martin, and together they have produced, written and/or co-written songs for P!nk ("So What", "Raise Your Glass", "Fuckin' Perfect"), Taylor Swift ("We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", "I Knew You Were Trouble", "22", "Shake It Off", "Blank Space"), Adam Lambert ("Whataya Want from Me", "If I Had You"), Britney Spears ("If U Seek Amy", "3", "I Wanna Go"), Usher, ("DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love", "Scream"), Avril Lavigne ("What the Hell", "Wish You Were Here") Maroon 5 ("One More Night"), and Christina Aguilera ("Your Body"). Shellback has collaborated with fellow producer Benny Blanco for "Payphone" and "Moves like Jagger" by Maroon 5 and "She Doesn't Mind" by Sean Paul. He has also produced songs by himself, including "Want U Back" by Cher Lloyd.


Schuster was born and raised in Karlshamn, Sweden. He started out as a drummer in local indie rock bands in Karlshamn, before joining the hardcore/metal scene as a vocalist for Blinded Colony.

At the age of 16, Schuster met Max Martin through their mutual friend Julius. By that time, according to an interview in the Swedish music magazine Stim-magasinet, Schuster's taste in music was "too cool for school" and he had no interest in pop music whatsoever. Julius kept sending Schuster's indierock/deathmetal demos to Martin, who became curious about what it would sound like if Schuster would make pop music. So in 2006 Martin invited Schuster to his studio in Stockholm to record a demo with him, and since 2007 Schuster has been signed to Martin's production company Maratone.[2]

Among the first songs Schuster co-wrote with Martin are Pink's 2008 single "So What" and Britney Spears' 2008 single "If U Seek Amy".[3] In 2014, Schuster produced "Problem" alongside Max Martin and Ilya.[4] In 2015 Shellback co-wrote 2 songs for the Swedish hardcore punk band Refused, to appear on their comeback album Freedom. The first of these tracks, "Elektra", was released on April 27.

Production discography[edit]

Title Year Album Songwriter Producer
"If U Seek Amy" 2008 Britney SpearsCircus YesY
"I'm Gone I'm Going" Lesley RoyUnbeautiful YesY
"Boring" PinkFunhouse YesY
"It's All Your Fault" YesY
"So What" YesY
"Oxygen" 2009 Living ThingsHabeas Corpus YesY YesY
"Bigger" Backstreet BoysThis Is Us YesY YesY
"3" Britney SpearsThe Singles Collection YesY YesY
"Quitter" Carrie UnderwoodPlay On YesY YesY
"Friday I'll Be Over U" Allison IrahetaJust Like You YesY YesY
"Just Like You" YesY YesY
"Outta My Head" Leona LewisEcho YesY YesY
"Naked" YesY
"Whataya Want from Me" Adam LambertFor Your Entertainment YesY YesY
"If I Had You" YesY YesY
"Kiss n Tell" 2010 KeshaAnimal YesY
"Hungover" YesY
"Party at a Rich Dude's House" YesY YesY
"Dinosaur" YesY YesY
"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" UsherVersus YesY YesY
"Raise Your Glass" Pink – Greatest Hits... So Far!!! YesY YesY
"Fuckin' Perfect" YesY YesY
"Time Machine" RobynBody Talk YesY YesY
"Can't Find Entrance" 2011 Those Dancing DaysDaydreams & Nightmares YesY YesY
"Loser Like Me" Glee castGlee: The Music, Volume 5 YesY YesY
"Dancing Crazy" Miranda CosgroveHigh Maintenance YesY YesY
"I'll Survive You" BC Jean – Single YesY YesY
"Back 2 Life" E-Type – Single YesY YesY
"What the Hell" Avril LavigneGoodbye Lullaby YesY YesY
"Wish You Were Here" YesY YesY
"Smile" YesY YesY
"I Love You" YesY YesY
"I Wanna Go" Britney SpearsFemme Fatale YesY YesY
"Criminal" YesY YesY
"Up n' Down" YesY YesY
"Light Up the World" Glee cast – Glee: The Music, Volume 6 YesY YesY
"Moves like Jagger" Maroon 5Hands All Over YesY YesY
"Beggin' on Your Knees" Victorious cast – Victorious YesY YesY
"No More Secrets" Carolina LiarWild Blessed Freedom YesY YesY
"Me and You" YesY YesY
"Beautiful People" YesY
"King of Broken Hearts" YesY
"Salvation" YesY YesY
"All That Comes Out of My Mouth" YesY YesY
"Want U Back" Cher LloydSticks + Stones YesY YesY
"With Ur Love" YesY YesY
"Beautiful People" YesY
"She Doesn't Mind" Sean PaulTomahawk Technique YesY YesY
"Payphone" 2012 Maroon 5Overexposed YesY YesY
"One More Night" YesY YesY
"Doin' Dirt" YesY YesY
"Scream" UsherLooking for Myself YesY YesY
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" Taylor SwiftRed YesY YesY
"I Knew You Were Trouble" YesY YesY
"22" YesY YesY
"Slut Like You" P!nkThe Truth About Love YesY YesY
"Your Body" Christina AguileraLotus YesY YesY
"Let There Be Love" YesY YesY
"Kiss You" One DirectionTake Me Home YesY
"Heart Attack" YesY YesY
"Nobody Compares" YesY YesY
"All That Matters (The Beautiful Life)" KeshaWarrior YesY YesY
"Release You" 2013 Megan & LizLook What You Started YesY YesY
"Easier To Lie" Cassadee PopeFrame by Frame YesY YesY
"On a Roll" Icona PopThis Is... Icona Pop YesY YesY
"That High" PitbullMeltdown YesY
"Air Balloon" 2014 Lily AllenSheezus YesY YesY
"I Wish" Cher LloydSorry I'm Late YesY YesY
"Just Be Mine" YesY YesY
"Dirty Love" YesY YesY
"Blind Your Love" YesY YesY
"Killing It" YesY YesY
"I'm in Love" Ola Svensson – Carelessly Yours YesY
"Tonight I'm Yours" YesY
"Jackie Kennedy" YesY
"Problem" (feat. Iggy Azalea) Ariana Grande - My Everything YesY
"Animals" Maroon 5V YesY YesY
"In Your Pocket" YesY YesY
"Feelings" YesY YesY
"Shoot Love" YesY YesY
"Blank Space" Taylor Swift - 1989 YesY YesY
"Style" YesY YesY
"All You Had to Do Was Stay" YesY
"Shake It Off" YesY YesY
"Bad Blood" YesY YesY
"Wildest Dream" YesY YesY
"How You Get the Girl" YesY YesY
"Wonderland" YesY YesY
"New Romantics" YesY YesY
"Talking Body" Tove Lo - Queen of the Clouds YesY
"Bad Blood" 2015 Taylor Swift1989 YesY YesY
"This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like A Motherfucker" Maroon 5 - V (re-release) YesY YesY

Billboard Hot 100[edit]

The following singles peaked inside the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

Number-one singles
  • "So What"
  • "3"
  • "Raise Your Glass"
  • "Moves like Jagger"
  • "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
  • "One More Night"
  • "Shake It Off"
  • "Blank Space"
Top 10 Hits
  • "Whataya Want From Me"
  • "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love"
  • "Fuckin' Perfect"
  • "Loser Like Me"
  • "I Wanna Go"
  • "Payphone"
  • "Scream"
  • "I Knew You Were Trouble"
  • "Problem"
  • "Animals"
  • "Style"


  1. ^ "". Swedish commercial register. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Maratone". Maratone official website. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  3. ^ Eigert, Av Ann-Marie (6 November 2008). "Pink hyllade svenske Johan". Expressen (in Swedish). AB Kvällstidningen Expressen. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  4. ^ "How Ariana Grande and Max Martin Made 'Problem' the Song of the Summer". Rolling Stone. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 

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